President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwan’s president, a major departure from decades of U.S. policy in Asia and a breach of diplomatic protocol with ramifications for the incoming president’s relations with China.
The call is the first known contact between a U.S. president or president-elect with a Taiwanese leader since before the United States broke diplomatic relations with the island in 1979. China considers Taiwan a province, and news of the official outreach by Trump is likely to infuriate the regional military and economic power.
The exchange is one of a string of unorthodox conversations with foreign leaders that Trump has held since his election. It comes at a particularly tense time between China and Taiwan, which earlier this year elected a president, Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to accept the notion of a unified China under Beijing’s rule. Her election angered Beijing to the point of cutting off all official communication with the island government.
It is not clear whether Trump intends a more formal shift in U.S. relations with Taiwan or China. On the call, Trump and Tsai congratulated each other on winning their elections, a statement from Trump’s transition office said.
Again, what is he thinking??!! How can Trump ignore 30 years of diplomatic relationship? Our relationship is delicate. Why would he put this relationship at risk?
We also don’t know if the error was pure ignorance or if Trump simple didn’t care. He has refused security briefings after the first day or so. He did not call the state department to question the correct protocol.
Wars are started over less serious breeches in international etiquette. Let’s hope the Chinese have understanding for little boys who want to be president. We could need their help in the very near future, especially if North Korea decides to break bad.
Trump is proving that he is truly dangerous.